Friday, November 4, 2016

Thomas Andrew Low Plaque

In Renfrew near the Gazebo in front of the Renfrew Town Hall on the northeast corner of Raglan Street South and Railway Avenue stands the Thomas Andrew Low plaque.




ERECTED BY

HERITAGE RENFREW

WITH ASSISTANCE
FROM

THE TOWN OF RENFREW

THOMAS ANDREW LOW 1871-1931

TOM LOW CAME TO RENFREW IN 1889 A POOR
BOY. BY HARD WORK AND UNUSUAL FORESIGHT
HE HAD BY 1920 ORGANIZED FIVE FINANCIALLY
SUCCESSFUL MANUFACTURING COMPANIES. IN
1928 HE UNITED HIS COMPANIES TO FORM
RENFREW INDUSTRIES LIMITED. HARD HIT BY
THE DEPRESSION AND THE SUDDEN DEATH OF
TOM LOW IN 1931 THE INDUSTRIES WERE SOLD
BY THE SHAREHOLDERS AS SEPARATE COMPANIES
IN 1936. THRICE ELECTED TO PARLIAMENT TOM
LOW WAS APPOINTED TO THE CABINET IN 1921
AND IN 1923 WAS MADE MINISTER OF TRADE
AND COMMERCE. IN 1918 HE LANDSCAPED THE
TOWN PARK WHICH WAS THEN NAMED LOW
SQUARE. IN IT HE BUILT THE CENOTAPH BEARING
THE NAMES OF RENFREW AND DISTRICT WAR DEAD.